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Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.
Friday, January 30, 2004
16:28Math competition question
The second is similar in spirit, but a bit harder. We're given two quadratic equations with integer coefficients: ax^{2}+bx+c=0 has its largest root 2, and ax^{2}+cx+b=0 has its largest root 3. The greatest common denominator of a, b and c is 1. What is b+c? I've not yet worked this one out. My instinct is that we would solve this as a linear diophantine equation, but that seems a bit much to expect of Algebra II students. More in the comments to spare those who want to try working it out on their own.